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Cracking the Code to the Iconic Song "American Pie"

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

What really happened "the day the music died"? The lyrics to “American Pie” were sold on Tuesday for over $1 million—and those lyrics could unlock the code to the song’s true meaning.

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Pierre Boulez Picks 10 Great Works of the 20th Century

Thursday, March 26, 2015

On the occasion of the great composer's 90th birthday, listen to the performances that he thinks are the most important of the last century. 

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Johnny Flynn Hits a New Note in 'Song One'

Friday, January 23, 2015

The British singer-songwriter and actor joins director Kate Barker-Froyland in the Soundcheck studio to talk about their new film 'Song One,' also starring Anne Hathaway. 

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Listen: Wordless Music Orchesta Reworks 'Tubular Bells'

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

October 16, members of the Wordless Music Orchestra presented a new arrangement of Tubular Bells, the 1973 rock opus best known for its inclusion in "The Exorcist."

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On-Demand Audio: The Knights Spotlight the Music of Bryce Dessner

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

October 15, New York ensemble The Knights presented the music of Bryce Dessner, best known as a guitarist and songwriter in The National. Stream entire show on demand.

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The Rhinestone Cowboy's Final Recording

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

John Schaefer, host of WNYC's "Soundcheck" and "New Sounds," reviews Glen Campbell's final recording.

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Inside the Oscar Nominees for Best Original Song

Friday, February 28, 2014

Our Movie Date team has given us their predictions in the big categories for Oscar night, but there's another smaller category that's getting a lot of buzz this year: The original son...

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The Greene Space

the 51st (dream) state

Thursday, October 10, 2013

7:00 PM

Thursday, Oct 10 | After 9/11, the late New York artist Sekou Sundiata traveled the U.S. gathering perspectives from Americans to create his last theater work. Join us for a revival of this illuminating work, directed by Arthur Yorinks and hosted by John Schaefer.  

The Summer Music of 1993

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

All this week, the music program Soundcheck is looking back on the music of 1993—including chart topping singles, landmark albums and watershed moments from that summer 20 years ago. ...

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Soundcheck Live: Talib Kweli performs 'Get By' from his new album 'Prisoner of Conscious' live in The Greene Space

Monday, May 20, 2013

WNYC's Soundcheck presented Brooklyn-based rapper Talib Kweli live in The Greene Space on April 24. Kweli previewed new music from his fifth album, Prisoner of Conscious, coming out this May.

Host John Schaefer asked Kweli about the album's title and the term "conscious hip hop." The title, Kweli said, doesn't refer to his own sense of confinement, but to people's perception of him as an artist.

"When I first started, you just did hip hop," Kweli said. "It wasn't like, okay De La Soul, that's conscious rap and N.W.A is gangster rap. It was like, this is just hip hop. ...People who are very passionate about music like to break music down into sub genres."

On his new album, he challenged himself to go more upbeat and focus on the musicality. "I can't lose focus of my job as an entertainer by making my stuff overtly conscious," Kweli said. "It has to sound good and feel good first." 

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The Greene Space

Soundcheck Live: Talib Kweli

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

9:00 PM

See the Brooklyn-based rapper perform in advance of the release of his new album, Prisoner of Conscious. He'll talk with Soundcheck host John Schaefer about the territory between the personal and the political — and his myriad projects. Watch on-demand video here.

John Cage at 100: "City Circus"

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

On September 5, 2012, John Cage would have celebrated his 100th birthday. To commemorate the legendary composer's centennial, New Sounds's John Schaefer presents 13 archival episodes ...

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Acclaimed
Grizzly Bear,
"A Simple Answer"

Monday, September 10, 2012

After a summer-long hiatus, Soundcheck relaunches this month with a new 1-hour radio broadcast every weeknight, an exclusive from one of New York’s hottest bands – and a new digital home, Soundcheck.org
 
On Sept. 10 at 2 p.m., the acclaimed New York indie band ...

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